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Creamy Vegan Pasta Salad

The best vegan pasta salad with an oil-free ranch dressing without mayo! Perfect for the grilling season in summer or as a side dish throughout the year. The recipe is plant-based (dairy-free, egg-free), healthy, protein-rich, light, guilt-free, and delicious!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, German, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Blender*

Ingredients

Pasta Salad:

  • 10 oz (280 g) dry pasta of choice (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 green pepper (or color of choice) chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion diced
  • 4 tomatoes diced
  • 1 small cucumber diced
  • 3/4 cup chopped dill pickles
  • olives (optional)

Oil-Free Dressing:

Instructions

  • Cook your favorite pasta as per the instructions on the package.
  • Add white beans, plant-based milk, hemp seeds (or soaked cashews), garlic cloves, mustard, lime juice, vinegar, and sea salt + black pepper to a blender. Blend on high speed and scrape down the sides if needed until the dressing is completely smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooled pasta, chopped pepper, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, and dill pickles. Pour over the dressing and stir to combine.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings. Add more salt/pepper/vinegar if needed. I added 1/2 tsp of sea salt in addition.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs (e.g. dill) and serve at room temperature or cold. Enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • You can use any white beans, e.g. Cannellini beans, Navy beans or Great Northern beans.
  • If you don't have hemp seeds you can use either soaked cashews (soak in hot water for about 30 minutes or until soft) OR you could use 2 heaped tbsp of cashew butter or almond butter.
  • If you love salads, you can also check out my Mexican Avocado Salad recipe.
  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Vegan Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.5g8%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 9.7g39%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14.7g29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.